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tonight. Their arch -- there are plans for children as young as four
to be taught about So, what will it mean for the West?
James Guy two is very keen to fill the gap of well-qualified people --
James Dyson. We are supportive of that, it is important for the
opportunity of our young people. We'll be assessing the impact
of the development on other Our other headlines tonight:
The chickens coming home to roost. Bird flu regulations are relaxed,
apart from in high-risk zones. Bristol's links with slavery -
a new petition to rename The steam train that attracted
thousands of loving glances today. The Prime Minister has hailed
the Dyson development in Wiltshire as evidence that the UK can
thrive after Brexit. As we exclusively revealed last
night, Sir James Dyson is spending more than ?2 billion on high-tech
research at a converted It's thought he'll hire thousands
of people to work on innovations such as artificial intelligence,
robots and electric cars. And that's likely to have knock-on
effects for dozens of smaller Robin Markwell is at
Engine Shed in Bristol, Thank you, Liz. Welcome to the
Engine Shed. We have an incubator of a high-tech businesses, it is where
they start their lives. It is a good example of what is going on in the
West's economy right now. It has proved so successful, this place,
just by Temple Meads, that they have had to find your new premises to fit
in all the start-ups that are coming up. It is typical what is happening
in our economy, this drive towards high-tech, as James Dyson has bought
an airfield in watcher. -- in Wiltshire.
Sir James Dyson poured petrol in the tank of Wiltshire's economy
yesterday with investment on a vast scale.
He wants to turn the hangers of Hullavington Airfield
Those who work out of the same buildings over
I think the businesses it is definitely good news. With
potentially another 5000 people working on our doorstep, lunchtime
trade could really pick up. The old RAF site is huge -
bigger than Monaco. Now everyone wants to know what he's
going to do with all the space. The only secret the billionaire has
let slip is that these spaces will It's not stopped
tongues from wagging. There has been various rumours.
From, like I say, battery development to, new factoring, and
what I have read recently is that it is going to be AI. -- two, new
factoring. So perhaps AI -
or artificial intelligence - But this councillor -
who was told six months ago - What's he going to use it for?
Research and development of products. Can you be more specific?
No! You know, though? Yes, but I can't tell you. Welch has no
unemployment. This is bringing high-value jobs to Wiltshire, which
is really positive. We need higher paid jobs in Wiltshire. We are
pleased that Boeing are moving into Porton Down, it is another high
school, high-value job centre. It's the same story at engineering
giants Renishaw in Gloucestershire. China accounts for a quarter
of their trade in precision And a booming business means they've
doubled the number of staff So with Dyson recruiting
thousands close by, will there be enough engineers
to go round? If we work together to ensure that
our youngsters across the region come through onto the entry-level
schemes, they are studying the right subjects, the Stem subjects in
schools, and we work together with schools to make sure that those
skills come through, then we will be OK. If we don't reinvest now, we
will have a problem with skills in the future.
Balanced economy is a finely-tuned thing.
And keeping the West's high-tech sector soaring will need many
new minds to dream up the machines of tomorrow.
Let's pick up on that point with the regional chairman of the Institute
of Directors. He also runs this play. You are booming, they booming
in Wiltshire and in Gloucestershire. There enough engineers to go around?
Of course, but only in the long-term. It depends what the mix
of jobs are going to be on the new campus with Dyson. I hope there will
be a mixture of high-level, mid-level and perhaps low-level
jobs. That gives you more opportunity to tap into the local
workforce rather than having to recruit from elsewhere. We could see
a shortage in the short-term? There may be a short-term pinch. But this
is raising the profile of the south-west, so I don't think this is
going to be a problem. What we need to see however is more housing to be
able to accommodate all of these new people. Is high-tech the new
backbone for the West's economy? What has made it a robust and
resilient economy is the diversity of sectors. There is something for
everybody, we have so much going on. Thank you. It seems they are
celebrating artificial intelligence. The robots might be taking over,
Thank you, Robin. Any artificial intelligence going on we will badly
risk youth. -- gladly. Plans have been unveiled
for a new business park Around 4,000 people could work
on the site near Junction 25 of the M5, with the proposals
including offices A man's been treated for minor
injuries after a fire at an industrial unit
on the outskirts of Bristol. 30 firefighters tackled the flames
at Clevedon Road in Failand No one else was injured,
but there was traffic disruption in the area while the fire
was put out. Meanwhile, a new piece of kit
to help crews tackle incidents more quickly and safely is to be given
to every fire station Firefighters have spent the past
year trying it out - with dramatic results,
as Clinton Rogers reports. It's not often the Fire
Brigade start a fire. To test a new piece of kit -
a hand-held probe, seen here through a thermal imaging
camera, which they think Now, before we see how that
demonstration actually developed, let me show you in close-up the kit
they were trialling. Put simply, what they do
is they drive this through a wall, and water is pushed through it
here at high pressure. It comes out this end as a mist,
which can quickly and radically reduce the temperature
of a burning building. The trial in this derelict building
produced astonishing results. The water sprayed inside reduced
the temperature of the burning room from 400 degrees to 80 degrees in 30
seconds, allowing the firemen to get inside more safely.
That makes the chance of survival for anybody in that
building much, much greater. And it also reduces
the risk for our staff. So it very much is at the core
of what we're trying to do. The probes were used in a real
fire at a leisure centre The Brigade say unquestionably it
halted the fire more quickly. So now every fire station
across Devon and Cornwall will get one of these -
an investment of around ?150,000. What it does is it gives them
the option to fight the fire Potentially, this could
save firefighters' lives. It absolutely will make our
firefighting operation is not safer. So, on the face of it,
a simple piece of kit - but one which will change the way
building fires are This is BBC Points West
with Liz and David. 40 years on, Bath's Theatre
Royal accepts an invite And, a glimpse of a golden
age, as steam returns More than 1500 people have now
signed a petition to get the name They're unhappy about Edward
Colston's role in the slave trade. But others say that would be
airbrushing history. It was opened 150 years
ago as a music venue It has already had a new entrance,
and another ?45 million is expected There are lots of changes taking
place at the Colston Hall, but one thing that's not
being painted over That's despite a growing campaign
to get Edward Colston's surname removed because of his role
in the slave trade. And I think it's offensive
to have a civil building that is for music, for celebration,
something that should uplift your spirit and your soul,
to be named after someone I think the name should reflect
the inspirational people that I don't think it's really
appropriate anymore that Colston More than 1500 people have
now signed the petition History should be
taught warts and all. I don't think we should rename
it, we shouldn't seek We should teach every bit
of our history, and not just selected bits that make
us feel comfortable. The Colston Hall is on Colston
Street, opposite Colston Tower and around the corner
from the Colston statue. He has schools in the city
named after him, too. But, whether Edward Colston's name
stays or goes from the music venue is ultimately down to the trust
which runs it. We have a very well-planned
programme of work over And the name, what the new
wonderful building will be The Colston Hall
name is going, then? What the building will be called
is part of that consideration over We've always said that we will bear
that in mind when we look towards opening the triumphant
new building in 2020. So keeping the name
is also an option, then? Everything is on the
table at the moment. And, bearing in mind,
only ?30 million of the ?45 million needed for renovation work has
been raised already. So, naming the venue after a sponsor
is also a possibility to earn Now some news which is just
developing. Plans to extend Cribbs Causeway
are on hold after concerns were raised about the impact
on the surrounding economy. The proposed development would see
the site grow by 50%. It includes shops, flats
and an indoor ski centre. South Gloucestershire Council
granted planning permission in November, but the scheme is now
being reviewed by the New measures have been
introduced to try to stop Most people who keep
chickens will now be able to let them outside again,
as long as they take But that isn't the case
in some parts of the West which the Government says
are at a higher risk than others. Here's our Gloucestershire
reporter, Steve Knibbs. And although it would appear that
restrictions have been eased in some parts,
many producers are Defra has now introduced
"higher-risk zones", These are usually close to large
areas of water popular These are birds known as a source of
avian flu. But farmers are being warned that
higher risk doesn't mean lower risk In terms of what is happening in the
wild bird population, avian flu is still endemic in it, and will be
until the migratory Bird season is passed. And therefore we need
farmers, producers, backyard poultry keepers, all to be practising the
same standards of bio-security that we are encouraging before these
appeared. At the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
at Slimbridge, which saw four cases of avian flu in January,
biosecurity measures By it's very nature,
as a wetlands reserve, it's well Experts here are monitoring
the situation every day. Our guys are out at dawn every day
looking for any signs of unusual behaviour or dead birds. We haven't
found any since January. Even then, it was only a few cases. Hundreds of
thousands of birds. -- tens within hundreds and thousands of birds.
They are few and far between. But it only takes one bird to start an
outbreak. At risk of infection from wild
birds with avian flu, But it seems that they're
coping well so far. It's quite common for us to have
them away at certain points of the winter, during periods of high winds
or maybe a freeze up, for the benefits of the flamingos. It is
just good to see the condition they are in, it is very good and we are
pleased for that. Defra will review the restrictions
at the end of April, but for now, the public face of avian flu
is a new sticker. EU regulations mean hens housed
for more than 12 weeks are no longer free-range,
so eggs will be labelled "laid by hens temporarily housed
in barns for their welfare". But with outbreaks still happening
around the country, there is a concern that avian flu
is something the industry may have to get used to during
the annual migratory season. This is something we are all going
to enjoy. Thousands of people in the West got
a glimpse of the Age of Steam today. They turned out at stations along
the route of the Tornado Steam train, which ran on the mainline
from London to Cardiff. There was a buzz of excitement
on Platform Three as A1 Pacific A slight delay caused by a broken
freight train on the line only added The spectators interested
in every aspect of the trip. We did have a full set of water from
just before we left Paddington, and we are taking water again at
Bristol. In a cloud of steam, she set off
bound for Wales on St David's Day. A blast of the whistle,
a mark of respect as the former railworks in Swindon passed by,
the spiritual home of steam. It just brings back memories of when
I was a young lad. And I always prefer steam travel to air travel or
being in a car. It's relaxing. It's exciting. And my father is a train
fanatic. So it means a lot to him. And it's just a great family
experience. And obviously in the modern day life, is nice to see what
it was like in the old days. It's just being able to sit back and get
the whole experience, knowing it is a new train that has not long been
built, it's quite fun coming for the day out.
Tornado is a Peppercorn Class A1 train.
It's a brand-new steam train, to an original design,
completed nine years ago at a cost of ?3 million.
Travelling on the tornado is really like a throwback to a bygone era. It
feels, sounds and smells different. If you look out of the window, you
can even see the clouds of steam passing by. Britain gave railways to
the world. They are great technology, great fun. Everybody of
all ages can appreciate them. Even now, young children, boys and girls
still love steam engines. Tornado's due in London
tonight at around 9pm, after bringing joy to spectators
and passengers alike. She'll be back in the West
again in late May. Will Glennon, BBC
Points West, Swindon. More than 100 actors
from across the region are teaming up with professionals and volunteers
to make a feature film The finished project will weave
together six different stories There's a crew of about 40 people
who'll film in 50 locations, including with us here at BBC
Points West today. We have got no budget, so we've had
to beg, borrow and steal. It is superb that the city has lots of
venues and places like here today, supporters have offered spaces, we
have had a church, we have used a Freemasons Hall is a City Hall,
people are letting us use their houses. We have had other partners
offer food, because we have to feed the cast and crew.
And the finished film will premier at the Komedia in Bath next month.
If you need a leading man or the lady, we are here!
It's 40 years since an infamous party first unfolded.
Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party elevated cheese and pineapple,
awkward small-talk, and Demis Roussos, to iconic status.
The anniversary production opens at Bath's Theatre Royal tonight -
starring Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington and Ben Caplan
I went to meet them during their final dress rehearsal,
and asked Amanda about her love of the play.
I grew up with it, so it became, when I decided I wanted
to become an actress, which I suppose was about the age
of 14 or 15, I thought I wanted to be either a dancer or an actress,
I kind of started watching sort of Victoria Wood
and stuff like that, and French and Saunders.
Two of the things that I love that he did was Nuts in May
Particularly Abigail's Party, because of the performances,
and because of Alison Steadman's iconic character
It was kind of one of those things that I would really watch every now
and again just kind of cheer myself up, because it's an amazing
I think when you think of Abigail's Party,
Have you found it quite hard to kind of make the role your own?
Yeah, it was in the beginning, because I kind of like,
I mimic people anyway slightly, so I had her voice in my head.
And we had a lovely voice lady coming in to kind of manipulate me
So we've gone, we've moved away from that voice slightly.
We've hopefully kind of adapted her into a different Beverley.
Not so far removed, but just another essence of her, really.
Be that as it may, we have to find out where she is gone.
Ben Caplan plays Lawrence, Beverly's husband.
And although she knows the play inside out,
In some ways it's quite good that I haven't,
because when I came to work on this, I came to it completely fresh,
I didn't have any kind of preconceived ideas about the film
And I'm desperate now to kind of go back and watch it.
But obviously I'll wait until we're up and running
It was 1977 I think it was conceived.
And, yes, I was obviously very young at the time.
I'm so pleased that I now do know it.
And as I say, I'm very much looking forward to watching it
40 years on, this play still reflects the 1970s.
But Amanda really believes it will resonate with an audience today.
There's a lot of feminist issues in it, and there's a lot of,
you know, you realise there's kind of a lot of sexism in it.
So it's kind of highlights what was going on at the time, I suppose.
You know, it was just before Thatcher.
So there was a feeling of like materialistic stuff
So I think people will kind of resonate with it, I do.
It has stood the test of time as a period piece.
Is there anything in particular you love about the play?
There is some fantastic music in this.
It was very similar to my house when I was growing up.
And just, just the language of it, and the tone of the play
is very 70s, obviously, because it is 70s period.
But there is a fantastic tone of that period going through it,
that they have managed to really highlight and shadow.
It's really interesting. I suppose it is curtain up in about half an
hour's time. Break a leg! There were mixed fortunes
for our football teams last night. Bristol City lost 2-0
at Aston Villa, with former striker Jonathan Obika scored the pick
of Swindon's goals in a 3-1 Bristol Rovers drew 1-1 at Bolton,
while it was goalless A couple from Dursley
have just got married - almost half a century
after first meeting. Alison Blackwell and James Hodges
not only went to school together, but were born in the same
hospital, on the same day! They came into the world on the same
day in the same place. My name is James, and I was born on the 3rd of
February, 1967. I'm Alison, and I was born in the same day, on the
same hospital, on the same ward. Bid baby James, seen here with his
grandad, and little Alison, didn't just arrived in the same hospital.
They even went to school together. Here's James on the second row of
Mrs Telford's class. And there is Alison sitting on the front row.
Cute little round face. Very quiet. He did have a little pudding basin
haircut. I think we knew that we were both born on the same day, even
back then. I remember saying it wants in the hall where we used to
have dinner. That is where I first saw a smile! It has always stayed
with me. I remember feeling very sorry for him when he suddenly lost
his mum. Soon after James lost his mother at the age of eight, he moved
away. Years pass, and Alice married and had a daughter. In 2013, now
divorced, she had a message from James on Facebook. Hello, when is
your birthday again? And my reply was, oh, you silly double, you know
when my birthday is, is the same day as yours! And three years later,
they married, the day after their 50th birthday. Many of the class
came to the wedding, even Mrs Telford, their teacher, came to
share the day. It was amazing. The sun shone all day. Even though it
was February. It was brilliant. She changed my life, for the better,
it's just fantastic. I love her to bits.
Love finds a way, you see, which is the good news! And they will never
forget each other's birthday as well! You'd hope not. Let's catch up
with the weather. Saira is up advice is very much stay close to
the forecast! Thank you! It seems so mean keeping you up on the roof, but
the weather people like it! See you again tomorrow, I.
I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.